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By Rob Colon on 2020-08-02

This month, we’re excited to partner with Our Maker Life as our crate influencer. If this is your first introduction to the OML community, you are in for a real treat! The making community created by founders Jewell Washington and Nathan Bryant is filled with makers of all sorts: knitters, crocheters, yarn dyers, designers, and more. Along with team members Christie Bodden and Jake Kenyon, this network of makers are a constant source of inspiration to fiber artists everywhere.

And, as a special treat, Jewell Washington (pictured here) and Christie Bodden are the designers behind our Membership Crate patterns!

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The theme for August is Vividarium and it inspired a collection full of strong, bright, and vibrant colors in our yarns this month. We are taking a leap into the intense shades of exotic blooms found in the bountiful beauty of nature.

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Now let’s meet this month’s yarn! Click below to watch the full reveal on Youtube.


KnitCrate Membership

For August, our featured Membership yarn is our Vidalana Linen Jewel: 50% Superwash Merino Wool, 30% Linen, and 20% Silk. This yarn is fingering weight and 400 yards (366m) per 100g skein. Light and elegant, you will treasure this yarn blend!

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Energize Me: Midsummer Rose

This deep magenta shade has us thinking of the saturated colors of flowers in full bloom.

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Chill Out: Oasis

The crispness of this colorway has pale green and blue tones often found as leaves unfold in your favorite foliage.  

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All Natural: Sandstones

This shade has us thinking of the blush hues found on sandstones, especially in the glow of the sun.

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Membership Patterns

This month’s knit pattern comes to us from OML’s Christie Bodden of Christie Bodden Designs. The Simple Summer Shrug is a simple, quick-to-knit shrug perfect for casual and formal summer nights alike. Designed for Women’s sizes Small to 2X.

KNIT Pattern Details

Needles: US 6 (4 mm) straight or circular needles, 24” (60 cm) or longer

Yarn Needed: 296 (427, 613, 848, 1121) yds (271 (390.5, 560.5, 775.5, 1025) m) used / 1 (2, 2, 3, 3) skeins needed

Notions: Tapestry needle

Finished Size: Height: 17.5 (21, 26.5, 32, 37.5)“ / 44.5 (53, 67, 81, 95) cm; Length: 30 (36, 41, 47, 53)” / 76 (91, 104, 119, 135) cm

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This month’s crochet design is both classic and cozy. The Pier Shrug by OML’s Jewell Washington is a textured crochet beauty worked by holding the yarn doubled. The pattern is written for 2 different styles: a shorter shrug style that can be created in most sizes with the skeins included, and an oversized cozy cardi style that will have you indulging during Double Down.

CROCHET Pattern Details

Hook: US G/6 (4mm)

Yarn Needed:
Shorter Style: 582 (674, 773, 878) yds (532 (616, 707, 803) m) used / 2 (2, 2, 4) skeins needed
Oversized Style: 1448 (1772, 2128, 2516) yds (1324 (1620, 1946, 2301) m) used / 4 (6, 6, 8) skeins needed

Notions: stitch markers (2), tapestry needle

Finished Size:
Shorter Style: Width: 14 (15, 16, 17)“ / 35.5 (38, 40.5, 43) cm; Length: 24 (26, 28, 30)” / 61 (66, 71, 76) cm
Oversized Style: Width: 31 (32.25, 35, 38)” / 79 (82, 89, 96.5) cm Length: 30 (35.25, 39, 42.5)“ / 76 (89.5, 99, 108) cm

Shorter Style

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Oversized Style

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Sock Crate Membership

For August, our featured Sock Crate Membership yarn is Knitologie Super Sock, a 75/25 blend of Superwash Merino Wool and Nylon. You’ll have 400 yards (366m) of fingering weight in your 100g skein to create your next pair of socks.

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Energize Me: Succulent

Green succulent petals are the inspiration behind this cheerful colorway with yellow undertones for a little extra glow.

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Chill Out: Gibbous Moon

This periwinkle shade reminds us of how we sometimes get a glimpse of the moon during the day. A little nighttime gray meets the bright blue of the daytime sky to create pure magic.

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All Natural: Tuscan Sun

Feel the toasty rays of a warm Tuscan Sun with this muted mustard yellow with sunflower undertones.

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Sock Crate Membership Patterns

The Cactus Flower Socks by Laura Fahlin bring the intricate details of cacti delicately to your feet. We simply love how the cables look like the blooms of a prickly pear cactus!

KNIT Pattern Details

Needles: US 1 (2.25 mm) needles for working in the round

Yarn Needed: 360 (380, 400, 420, 440) yds (329 (347.5, 366, 384, 402) m) used / 1 (1, 1, 1.25, 1.25) skeins needed

Notions: Cable needle, stitch markers 7 (8, 9, 10, 11) for pattern repeats on Leg, 2 stitch markers for gussets, tapestry needle.

Finished Size: To fit foot circumference of 7 (8, 9, 10, 11)”/18 (20, 23, 25, 28) cm

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Crochet designer Karen Whooley brings us the Sun Surf Socks, a pair of perfect, cheerful summer socks. Gently undulating stitches give the impression of waves lapping the sand.

CROCHET Sock Pattern Details

Hook: D/3 (3.25 mm) and E/4 (3.5 mm) or sizes needed for gauge

Yarn Needed: 440 yds (366 m) (100g) 238 (299, 374, 454, 542) yds (218 (273.5, 342, 415, 496) m) used / approximately 1 (1, 1, 1.25, 1.25) skeins needed (yarn needed may vary with foot length; extra yarn may be needed for longer feet)

Notions: tapestry needle, stitch markers (3)

Finished Size: To fit foot/ankle circumference 7 (8, 9, 10, 11)” / 18 (20, 23, 25, 28) cm

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Want to join Sock Crate Membership? You can do it here!


Malabrigo Partner Crate, Quarterly Membership

With this quarter’s Malabrigo Partner Crate, we are swooning over the textures of two different yarn bases: Mechita with its single ply fluffiness, and Mora with its smoothness and radiant glow. Both are fingering weight yarns, and, in this crate, you’ll receive a skein of each! Mechita is a 100% Superwash Merino yarn (420 yards (384m) / 100g skein) while Mora is 100% Silk (225 yards (206m) / 50g skein). Both skeins are dyed in the colorway Jardin, exclusive for this partner crate.

Mechita

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Mora

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Malabrigo Partner Crate Patterns

Our very own Joanna Rankin has us diving deeply into knit textures with the Rise & Shine Shawl. A little garter and stockinette stitches with a dash of lace and a splash of slip stitches play well as you work with both the fuzzy single ply and lustrous silk yarns.

KNIT Pattern Details

Needles: US Size 2.5 (3.0 mm) circular needle, 24” (60 cm)

Yarn Needed: 1 skein each of Mechita and Mora

Notions: Stitch marker (1), tapestry needle, scissors, cable needle (optional)

Finished Size: Wingspan: 60” (152 cm) Depth: 32” (81 cm)

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Our crochet design this quarter is from Amy Gunderson who brings us Flores de Jardin, an asymmetrical shawl with loads of laciness and charm. She’s used Mechita for the body and Mora for the finishing touch on the edging. Both written and charted instructions will have this project from skein to finished in no time!

CROCHET Pattern Details

Needles: US D/3 (3.25 mm) and US E/4 (3.5 mm)

Yarn Needed: 1 skein each of Mechita and Mora

Notions: Tapestry needle

Finished Size: 33” (84 cm) wide x 50” (127 cm) long

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Want to be on the waitlist for the next Malabrigo Quarterly Crate in November? Click here to join our waiting list and become an active member of our community today!